How would you like to work somewhere with unlimited vacation days? For most people, that answer is a resounding, “Yes!” If you’re a job seeker, the number of days a company allots its employees can make-or-break your decision to take the job if hired or cause you to look elsewhere if your company lacks sufficient time off. However, employees can’t always find time to take off work, even though we know that a break in the form of a vacation is good for our stress levels.
A recent study conducted by Harris Interactive for Ask.com shows just how important abundant vacation time is to workers, even if they’re not using it: More than a third of people surveyed said unlimited paid time off would encourage them to take or keep a job (34%). Although only 38% of workers surveyed actually take all their paid time off (PTO) days.
Some employees look at paid vacation policies like additional savings in their pocket because they can cash-in those days when they leave the company. However, unlimited PTO has its pluses and minuses. It sounds amazing, but employees say it’s hard to find time to take off. And especially in small teams, employees feel guilty leaving their coworkers with an increased workload when leaving. Employers who support unlimited PTO say it makes their employees feel like adults and requires workers who are the self-managing types.
But whether you support unlimited vacations or not, actually taking time off from work has been shown to decrease stress and increase your happiness, at least temporarily.
Check out this infographic about work-life balance and tell us: How many PTO days will you have taken by the end of this year?